For centuries, pizza and pasta battled for the title of Italy’s most beloved dish, an honor that was ultimately bestowed upon Sophia Loren. Cast your vote for the Boot’s best culinary creation with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of pizza and Italian fare at Kelso’s Pizza.
For more than 40 years, Kelso’s Pizza has been slinging up servings of pizza, pasta, and sandwiches within a sociable sanctuary of sports memorabilia. Signature pizza creations ground a menu of piping-hot Italian-style pies, such as the aptly named Grand Slam slathered in a superabundance of sausage, pepperoni, ham, mushrooms, black olives, and green peppers ($12.49–$20.99). Or sink dairy-loving dentals into the specialty Bronx Bomber glimmering with grilled chicken, buffalo sauce, a three-cheese blend, and a Babe Ruth rookie card hidden somewhere inside ($12.99). For fans of un-circular eats, Musolino’s meatball grinder besmears house-made meatballs in red sauce and provolone, ensconcing the saucy sustenance within the encrusted confines of an italian roll ($8.99), and plates piled high with chicken spedini invite prolonged praise of fresh-baked and breaded chicken, marinated in a mixture of olive oil, fresh lemon, garlic, and basil and served atop a side of spaghetti ($13.99).
Former major-leaguer Bill Kelso founded his eatery in 1969, rapidly attracting the ravenous appetites of Chiefs' players-in-training and escaped circus elephants. The tradition of pairing sports swooning with hand-crafted fare continues with a dining room filled with team mementos and six flat-screen TVs eternally touting the accolades of today’s athletes.
After a career of playing professional baseball, Bill Kelso hung up his jersey, tied on his apron, and started the original Kelso’s Pizza in 1969. Located near William Jewell College, the pizzeria quickly became a favorite haunt of the Chiefs players while they attended training camp. Despite relocating the restaurant, the current owners, Jeff and Kelly, still honor their father’s storied sports legacy; vintage photographs, jerseys, and generations of family trophies line the dining room’s walls while six flat-screen televisions play live sports broadcasts or chat with each other about their fantasy baseball teams.
Kelso’s Pizza strives to be more than a sports bar, though. Instead, the family emphasizes serving pizzeria staples in a family-friendly environment. The menu brims with baseball-themed names, like the Grand Slam pizza with eight hearty toppings—including sausage, mushrooms, and julienned stat sheets—and a host of toasted sandwiches, such as the Pennant Winner, a roast beef delight oozing with melted provolone and Kelso’s buttermilk dressing.
300 Armour Rd.
Kansas City, Missouri 64116